- Eyes On
Four more change orders have been added to the tally for renovations to the Auglaize County Courthouse.
To date, more than $214,575 has been spent on change orders for the $6.8 million Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said they have accounted for between $238,000 and $250,000 in change orders throughout the length of the entire project.
â€śWeâ€™re getting our way through them,â€ť Lenhart said. â€śThere are still some out there as work continues.
â€śAnytime you work on an older building youâ€™ll have stuff like this,â€ť he said. â€śWhen the dust all settles we should be OK.â€ť
Recent change orders added to the list include two from JMC Mechanical for plumbing work and two with Koester Electric.
Koester is adding $15,315 to a more than $1.19 million contract to allow for changes which would lessen the amount of wire molding needed to be used in rooms with two- to three-way switches.
â€śThey can eliminate some,â€ť Lenhart said. â€śIt will cost a little more, but by changing it it will improve the look.â€ť
Also adding to the costs of the change order was electrical panels which need to be moved under stairways and costing more in materials.
Koesterâ€™s other change order is a little more than $9,000 to make sure cabling goes to all jury boxes. It also provides for additional cabling for microphones.
JMC Mechanicalâ€™s first change order of more than $4,750 is for a new sump pump for the elevator.
â€śIt used to drain into the regular sewer which the city no longer allows so it had to be rerouted,â€ť Lenhart said. â€śWe hoped we would be able to use the original sump pump but we could not so there will have to be routing and pump changes.â€ť
State inspections required the change.
The other change order of more than $8,600 for JMC Mechanical actually relates to several trades working in the courthouse.
â€śThere are a number of places that need to have holes cored through big, think walls,â€ť Lenhart said.
He said any hole larger than 6 to 8 inches requires a metal sleeve to hold it in place. Perfection Group in Cincinnati is making the sleeves but then the county plans to pay for those through JMC Mechanical, to support a local company.
â€śItâ€™s a collaboration,â€ť Lenhart said.